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The country’s most formidable challenge? Welding its dual identities

Israeli Heart, Jewish Soul

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel_at_60/article/the_countrys_most_formidable_challenge_welding_its_dual_identities_20080519

will never forget my first day in Israel when a group of teenagers pointed at my tallit and laughed. It was the summer of 1970, and, at age 15, I had realized my dream of volunteering on a kibbutz. Raised in an American home in which Conservative Judaism melded effortlessly with moderate Zionism, I never suspected that some Israelis would see contradictions between the two, or that I might someday be forced to choose between them.

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